Local roundup: Raven boys top Bucs, Smyrna girls triumph

St. Thomas More’s Keenan Williams shoots against Milford’s Parker Chandler in the first quarter at Milford on Thursday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

St. Thomas More overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Milford High 60-45 in a boys’ basketball contest on Thursday night.

Keenan Williams paced the Ravens with a game-high 23 points. DeAndre Gourdine followed with 17 points for St. Thomas More (6-6 overall).

St. Thomas More’s DeAndre Gourdine shoots against Milford’s Parker Chandler in the first quarter at Milford on Thursday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Jaxson Turner’s 12 points topped the Buccaneers (4-6).

The Ravens used a 25-11 run throughout the third quarter to pull away.

Cape Henlopen 65, Indian River 56: The Vikings outscored Indian River 26-6 in the fourth quarter for a come from behind win.

Ian Robertson netted 27 points for Cape while Randy Rickards added 13.

Sussex Tech 91, James. Bennett, Md. 54: The Ravens made nine three-pointer in the out-of-state victory.

Jaquan Burton led the way with 22 points for Sussex Tech (12-2).

Girls’ basketball

Smyrna 56, Lake Forest 50: Jayla Smith’s 20 points help lift the Eagles to a victory.

St. Elizabeth 64, Sussex Central 58: Raeonna Stratton scored 24 points for the Golden Knights in a nonconference defeat.

Woodbridge 57, Sussex Academy 23: The Blue Raiders remained unbeaten against Henlopen South teams and improved to 11-0 in the division.

St. Thomas More’s Lee De’Markus shoots against Milford’s Brock Hilligoss in the first quarter at Milford on Thursday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Cha’Kya Johnson’s 17 points led Woodbridge.

Cape Henlopen 51, Indian River 35: Sydney Peterson’s 15 points paced the Vikings to a victory on Thursday.

Mallory Jones chipped in 12 points while Dania Cannon had 11. Fabrea McCray led the Indians with 11 points.

M.O.T. Charter 38, First State Military Academy 36: Nyaisa Smith scored 18 points for First State Military in the narrow defeat.

Men’s lacrosse

Trio of Hens earn preseason All-CAA honors: With the start of the season less than three weeks away, a trio of Blue Hens were honored by the CAA with preseason accolades.

Senior attackman Andrew Romagnoli, junior LSM Austin Haynes and senior Will Hirschmann were among the Preseason All-CAA team, announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Romagnoli and Haynes were on the first team, while Hirschman received recognition as part of the Honorable Mention student-athletes.

Milford’s Tyreke Benson shoots a jumper against St. Thomas More in the second quarter at Milford on Thursday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Haynes, an All-CAA Second team honoree last spring, anchored the defensive unit that allowed just 10.5 goals per game. He ranked third on the team with 30 groundballs, caused six turnovers and dished out one assists.

Romagnoli was the offensive firepower for the Hens in 2017, leading the teams in goals (34), assists (19) and points (53). He finished second in the CAA in points per game and third in goals per game.

Hirschmann, who earned All-CAA Second Team honors last season, is a two-time captain of the Blue Hens. Last year, he started all 15 games in the midfield, ranking third on the team in scoring (34 points) with 17 goals and 17 assists. He also gabbed 17 ground balls and caused three turnovers.

College football

Wesley grad named head coach: Wesley College alumnus and former assistant coach Ernie McCook (Class of 1992) was recently named the head coach at Division II Shepherd University.

McCook takes over the reigns of the Rams from longtime head coach Monte Cater, who amassed a career record of 245-93-1 (.724) in his 31-year tenure with Shepherd.

McCook has spent 19 seasons at Shepherd. He was the offensive line coach from 1999-2008 before being elevated to the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2007. After spending the 2009 season at Division I FCS Liberty as the run game coordinator/tight ends coach, McCook returned to Shepherd in 2010 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

“We are extremely proud of Coach McCook,” said Wesley head football coach Mike Drass. “Coach McCook, Coach Knapp and I worked together to build Wesley Football the success it is today. Shepherd is in good Hands with Coach McCook at the helm.”

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